How to Protect Your Children from Mosquito Bites

As the days get warmer, we often find ourselves battling the pesky mosquitoes that can cause discomfort and, in some cases, even carry diseases. Today, we're here to help you learn how to protect your children from mosquito bites effectively. Let's dive in!

First and foremost, it's important to create a mosquito-free environment. Ensure that any stagnant water around your home, like in buckets or flowerpots, is emptied regularly, as these serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Now, let's talk about the best repellents to use. Look for repellents containing active ingredients like DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. These ingredients have been proven to effectively repel mosquitoes.

When choosing a repellent, select one specifically designed for children, and always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not using repellents on infants younger than two months old. Instead, protect them with proper clothing and mosquito netting.

Speaking of clothing, dress your children in loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks when spending time outdoors, especially during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Now, let's see how to apply mosquito repellent correctly. Start by reading and following the instructions on the product label carefully. Apply a thin, even layer of repellent on exposed skin, avoiding the eyes, mouth, and hands. Ensure you cover all exposed areas, including the neck, arms, and legs.

Remember, mosquito repellents are not meant to be used all day long. Once your children are back indoors, wash the treated skin with soap and water. Also, avoid using combination sunscreen and repellent products, as sunscreen needs to be reapplied more frequently than repellent.

In conclusion, protecting your children from mosquito bites involves creating a mosquito-free environment, using appropriate repellents, dressing them in protective clothing, and or using mosquito netting and applying repellent correctly. By taking these simple steps, you can ensure that your children can enjoy the outdoors without the nuisance of mosquito bites and help protect them from potential diseases.

Stay informed, stay protected, and have a wonderful time with your children outdoors. 

Dr. Melanie Suaris is a board certified pediatrician serving Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Care Center at Galloway (Kendall) Phone: 305-271-4711

Published on: 7/17/2023

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